Vital Equine FAQ

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Q. Are hemp products cannabis, and will they make my horse high?
A. No - hemp isn’t a drug that can make your horse high. It’s a 100% legal and contains no psychoactive properties.

Q. What benefits could I expect to see when using hemp oil/feed on my horses?
A. Hemp is a simple superfood with no fillers in it; it contains everything a horse needs. You should expect to see increased immunity, skin, fur and hoof health, plus improved recovery times for horses.

Q. Are they suitable for laminitic horses?
A. Due to the low sugar content, they are suitable for horses and ponies prone to laminitis or excessive weight gain. It acts as a replacement for some of the high-sugar grass that many horses are grazed on, which in turn helps their gut health and overall well-being.

Q. Are they suitable for performance horses/retired horses/horses who need to gain or lose weight?
A. Yes! Hemp feed naturally contains everything a horse needs to be healthy. Hemp is rich in anti-oxidants, high in fibre, Omega oils and essential fatty acids. It features the correct ratio of zinc to copper, and is suitable as a feed for grain-intolerant horses. The combination of Omega 6, antioxidants, and plant cholesterol can lead to overall joint health by reducing inflammation, arthritis and painful/damaged joints. It builds a strong immune system and results in enhanced blood circulation.

Q. Are there any side effects associated with hemp?
A. No, there have been no reports of side effects.

Q. My horse is prone to allergies - will hemp based products help?
A. Because of the hemp feed’s proteins, you should see a benefit in the skin of horses prone to allergies.
You can also use the hemp cream or oil directly to irritated skin. This all-natural balm soothes and protects, promoting healthy, shining coats and a relief from skin conditions. With natural anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and insect repelling properties, Hemp may prove to be effective for Queensland itch.
Rub the cream onto inflamed, sore or irritated skin and other areas prone to rashes and dryness. This soothing, moisturising cream may help horses resist the urge to run and supports the natural regrowth of hair. Hemp Seed Oil prevents skin disorders such as dry nose, acne, eczema, rashes and dandruff. It improves heart functions and helps keep your pet’s brain healthy, leading to a longer and happier life. Plus, it can thicken fur texture and lessen shedding.


Q. How much hemp feed should I give my horse?
A. Recommended feeding rate is 1-2 cups per day as a supplementary maintenance dose. 2-4 cups per day for performance or recovery.
We recommend to start with one cup in the morning and one in the evening and then increase it by one cup every two days until you reach the maximum amount for your horses with special needs.
After you are seeing the results drop back down to half the maximum amount and adjust your feeding rates until you find the best rate for each horse.

Q. Can I feed your products to miniature horses, or donkeys?
A. Yes of course! Adjust the quantity of feed accordingly.

Q. Could hemp feeds help to calm my horse who is spooky/flighty/highly strung?
A. Many horses become flighty or spooky when grazing on high-sugar grasses, commonly rye and clover. By feeding hemp feed to your highly-strung horse, you are replacing some of their old consumption of high-sugar grass with a high-fibre feed. This will naturally help your horse to stay calm with a balanced diet. In adequate dosages, cannabidiol may help reduce a horse’s anxiety and nervousness too.

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